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March 28, 2003

Bellamy summoned but not charged after public order offence

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The News Review:

* Italy, England seek Euro 2004 turnaround
* Football Diary
* Portugal silencing the sceptics
* Bellamy summoned but not charged after public order offence
* ESPNsoccernet – England – Defensive dilemma
* Liechtenstein fear security will not be sufficient
* Soccer : Even rich stars hear echoes of far-off battles
* The back pages
* Dyer just happy to be in the running
* The back pages
* SI.com – Soccer – Kahn won’t quit Germany over affair – Friday…
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* Vogts offers an early taster
* The back pages
* UEFA EURO 2008™ – News

Italy, England seek Euro 2004 turnaround
Independent Online – Mar 26, 2003
Eighteen qualifiers are being played around the continent on Saturday – with another 18 next Wednesday – and when they are all over the nine qualifying groups will have a more established look about them midway through the campaign. Several big nations, including Italy, England, Croatia and Ireland, are already off the pace while others, such as Wales, Latvia, Bulgaria and Switzerland are enjoying unaccustomed good starts. Italy, runners-up in 2000, are down in third place in Group Nine following a defeat to Wales and a draw with Serbia & Montenegro, managing just a 2-0 away win over Azerbaijan… Ireland’s excellent qualifying form in recent years has deserted them this season, with defeats against Russia and Switzerland leaving them in fourth place in Group 10 without a point. NEW MANAGER

The defeats contributed to the departure of manager Mick McCarthy and new boss Brian Kerr will get his first taste of competitive action away to Georgia on Saturday. Group leaders Switzerland are not in action so Russia have the chance to go top if they chalk up their third successive win, away to Albania. The 1998 World Cup semifinals must seem a very distant memory for Croatia fans. Croatia failed to qualify for Euro 2000 and are struggling for 2004. A goalless home draw with Estonia was followed by a 2-0 defeat in Bulgaria to leave the Croats fourth in Group Eight on one point. They face another tough game at home to Belgium, who have won two of their three matches, with Bulgaria, top on nine, not in action until Wednesday.

Football Diary
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 28, 2003
We were unable to counteract their style. ” So will the Romanians hire a witch for the game in Bucharest? “Why not?” said Sandu. Keep your shirt on Fans who have followed the Republic of Ireland to Tbilisi for the Euro 2004 qualifier, have been warned what would happen if they perform the ‘Full Monty’: they could be shot. The Georgian authorities say supporters “should refrain from activity which might cause offence. Georgians have a highly developed sense of dignity and can react strongly if offended. This combined with the prevalence of firearms means anyone who removes his shirt in a bar can expect trouble. A person who exposes himself further runs a real risk of being shot.

Portugal silencing the sceptics
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 27, 2003
“It means that the financial and legal framework is in place – safe and secure. It’s a tremendous effort to have achieved this so far ahead of the start of Euro 2004. “Antonio Florencio, of Euro 2004 SA – the company overseeing the event – was equally buoyant. “Signing the contracts was, of course, significant, but other hurdles are also being cleared,” he said. “The last small problems relating to access to stadiums are being resolved in talks with the government, and everything points to the deadline for completion of stadium work being met. “The intention has always been to allow the stadiums a full season of use in order to highlight and resolve any teething troubles before Euro 2004 kicks off. “So far, so good,” Florencio said… The flops of the 2002 World Cup are slowly being moulded into potential winners by the man who led Brazil to a fifth world title in Japan. And Luis Felipe Scolari’s biggest test yet will come tomorrow, when his current charges take on his former team in the old Antas stadium. Friendly match or not, Scolari will be looking to put down a marker for next summer. After all, it would be a crying shame if Portugal threw the biggest party in their history and none of the locals turned up.

Bellamy summoned but not charged after public order offence
rte.ie – Mar 26, 2003
Today a South Wales Police spokesman said: “A 23-year-old man has been reported for summons in relation to a public order offence. He is to appear at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court at a date to be fixed. “However, Bellamy’s solicitor insisted that the footballer has not yet been charged with any offence and that he has yet to receive a summons. “Craig Bellamy was not charged following his meeting with police as they have apparently decided that the decision whether to pursue matters should be made by the CPS. And no summons has been received as the matter is still under consideration. The authorities have yet to decide whether any further action should be taken,” explained Graham Shear. Bellamy was in his home city ahead of preparations for Wales’ Euro 2004 qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Serbia and Montenegro… And no summons has been received as the matter is still under consideration. The authorities have yet to decide whether any further action should be taken,” explained Graham Shear. Bellamy was in his home city ahead of preparations for Wales’ Euro 2004 qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Serbia and Montenegro. This development is the latest in a series of off-the-field problems to blight his career in Tyneside since his ?6million move from Coventry in July 2001. However, while Newcastle have grown tired with Bellamy’s behaviour at times, chairman Freddy Shepherd has strongly denied that he is a racist. “Craig Bellamy is no racist, there’s absolutely no doubt about that,” he said. “He may be a rascal, but he is certainly no racist.

ESPNsoccernet – England – Defensive dilemma
go.com – Mar 27, 2003
He also played alongside Southgate a few days earlier in Slovakia whenCampbell was ruled out with a stomach virus. The England defence did not exactly cover themselves in glory on eitheroccasion, conceding a total of three goals, although Campbell and Ferdinand weresimilarly caught out when they played together against Australia last month. Ferdinand accepted earlier this week that England will not qualify for theEuro 2004 finals if they do not improve their ‘slack’ defending. However, Eriksson does at least believe his squad have been in fine form atclub level over recent weeks in the build-up to the game. He said: ‘Those Liverpool players are doing better and better, as are theManchester United players. We have many players in the squad who are in goodform. ‘Captain David Beckham agreed with Eriksson’s assessment, adding: ‘My form hasbeen quite good over the past few months.

Liechtenstein fear security will not be sufficient
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 27, 2003
But in today’s climes the raiding party are more likely to be dressed in the puffed out shirt of St George than the withered French tricoleur and the Liechtenstein Football Association confirmed yesterday that over 2,000 ticketless English fans are still expected for tomorrow’s Euro 2004 qualifier. Border police and checkpoints in the capital Vaduz (population 5,000) should prevent many fans from reaching the Rheinpark Stadium, though problems are expected inside the 3,548-capacity ground because home tickets have been sold on the black market to England supporters above the 950 away ticket allocation. He said: “The people here have been selling on tickets to English fans for inflated prices and that is a worry because it means that English supporters will be among the home fans… He said: “The people here have been selling on tickets to English fans for inflated prices and that is a worry because it means that English supporters will be among the home fans. “It is nothing to do with poor planning on our part. It happens all the time and there is not much you can do about tickets that are being sold on for a profit. “Three hundred police are being drafted in from Austria and Switzerland to augment the 30 full-time riot police and the 40 citizens police who Liechtenstein can muster (not forgetting the 22-man capacity of Vaduz prison). However, Ospelt said: “If there are anti-war protests in Switzerland and Austria, then we will not have the number of police that are needed. “A Liechtenstein police spokesman added little clarification: “We worked out a security concept which was aimed towards ticketless fans and English hooligans. Now because of the changed international situation, we have to consider whether this concept is sufficient.

Soccer : Even rich stars hear echoes of far-off battles
International Herald Tribune – Mar 26, 2003
It mattered little that Pires issued a clarification through the Arsenal Web site that "despite my views on the war in Iraq, I remain totally committed to playing for Arsenal and I never stated that I would stop playing for the club in protest against the war. " Action speaks louder than words, and since the broadcast and the clarification, Pires has played twice for Arsenal, with five Frenchmen in its lineup, which remains at the top of the English Premier League. The vitriol has not been silenced. A critic blamed Arsenal's elimination from the UEFA Champions League on the fact that the "French are gutless. " Today in Sports… From Jesse Owens in the Berlin Olympics in 1936 to Osvaldo Ardiles, who had to leave Tottenham Hotspur during the Falklands war, which was fought between his homeland Argentina and his adopted land, Britain, each human selected to wear the colors of a team represents not only himself but his people and his paymasters. The dilemma for Pires may intensify in the coming days. He is selected by France for the Euro 2004 qualifying games against Malta on Saturday, and against Israel April 2. The second of those encounters will be played in Palermo, Sicily, because players fear traveling to Tel Aviv. Last season, Chelsea lost to Hapoel Tel Aviv in the UEFA Cup after six team members refused to fly to Israel. Cowards? Or family men exercising the options their plentiful salaries afford them? When the French gather in Clairefontaine, their training retreat, in preparation for national duty, is it conceivable that they will not discuss matters of conscience, the war, and the conflicting loyalties spelled out by Jacques Chirac and Tony Blair? We can go back to the 1978 World Cup, which FIFA took to Argentina at a time when the murderous junta there repressed its own people. Only one or two Swedes and a handful of Dutch players voiced any misgivings about playing games in the land of the generals.

The back pages
BBC News – Mar 28, 2003
The Manchester United defender, part of a golden generation that also includes David Beckham, Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard, says time is running out for the spine of the current England team. Time may also be running out for national skipper Beckham if the Daily Mirror is to be believed. It reports that he is set to get a work over from Liechtenstein full-back Fredi Gigon when the two countries meet in a Euro 2004 qualifier on Saturday. THE HEADLINES

The Sun: ‘BUY-BYE LEEDS’

Daily Mail: ‘NO MORE NONSENSE’

Daily Telegraph: ‘JOHNSON FACES CHALLENGE’

The Guardian: ‘HOULLIER GETS TRANSFER KITTY WARNING’

The Times: ‘HODDLE’S FUTURE UNCERTAIN’

The Daily Express: ‘FEAR OF FAILURE’

The Independent: ‘ENGLAND URGED TO AVOID COMPLACENCY’

Daily Star: ‘WIN IT OR WE’RE FLOPS’

Daily Mirror: ‘I WILL CHEW BECKS UP’

The Sun leads on one of England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson’s youngsters, goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who it says is poised to quit Leeds for Arsenal.

Dyer just happy to be in the running
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 26, 2003
But Dyer knows that the England attacking midfield slot he craves belongs to Paul Scholes, rightly a favourite of Sven-Goran Eriksson, the national coach. “Paul is an unbelievable player – on a different planet to the rest,” Dyer said yesterday… “He’s so much quicker upstairs than every other England player. Only David Beckham is on a par with his brain. I’m not frustrated because Paul is the best attacking central midfielder we’ve got. But Scholes gets a few bookings and suspensions, doesn’t he? It’s a dog-eat-dog world. Hopefully I’m next in line. “I can do the job on the left. So can Danny Murphy and he plays on the left regularly for Liverpool.

The back pages
BBC News – Mar 26, 2003

Sun reporter Charlie Wyett argues Real are likely to land Beckham if go after him. THE HEADLINES

The Sun: ‘REAL: WE WANT BECKS’

Daily Mail: ‘PRIME TARGET’

The Guardian: ‘CAMPESE SLAMS ‘FOOLISH’ WARNE’

The Times: ‘BECKHAM REFUSES TO WAVER IN SUPPORT OF ERIKSSON’

The Daily Express: ‘BELLAMY COULD FACE REBELLION’

The Independent: ‘NEWCASTLE MAY SELL BELLAMY’

Daily Star: ‘REAL IN ?25m BECKS SWOOP’

Daily Mirror: ‘THANK YOU TERRY MUCH’

The Daily Telegraph: ‘ENGLAND BACK COOL HEADS FOR GRAND SLAM CAULDRON’

“Only if David and Victoria Beckham fail to be wooed by the wages, the constant flow of World and European trophies, the weather, the shopping, the adulation and the luxurious lifestyle will this deal not happen,” Wyett opines. Beckham is currently preparing for the Euro 2004 qualifier against Liechtenstein and the Daily Mail says security concerns about the fixture are not playing on the mind of the England skipper. “I’m the England captain and people look up to me so it’s important not to worry about anything that’s going on around the team,” Beckham says. Elsewhere, problems seem to be mounting for Newcastle striker Craig Bellamy, who is the subject of a police investigation after allegedly racially abusing a nightclub bouncer. The Independent reports Newcastle chairman Freddie Shepherd saying he would be prepared to sell the controversial striker if the allegations against him were founded. Some of Newcastle’s players could also refuse to play with Bellamy according to the Daily Express.

SI.com – Soccer – Kahn won’t quit Germany over affair – Friday…
SI.com – Mar 28, 2003
But just a day before Germany faces Lithuania in a Euro 2004 qualifier, one of the world’s top goalies can’t escape the stories racing through the media about his private life. “Naturally, his private problems also are on his mind here,” said Germany coach Rudi Voeller. Kahn’s coach at Bayern Munich, Ottmar Hitzfeld, feared that one of Germany’s biggest stars would turn his back on both the national team and his homeland to protect his private life. “I’m not even thinking of that. I definitely want to stay on the national team until 2006,” said Kahn, the Germany captain… “Naturally, his private problems also are on his mind here,” said Germany coach Rudi Voeller. Kahn’s coach at Bayern Munich, Ottmar Hitzfeld, feared that one of Germany’s biggest stars would turn his back on both the national team and his homeland to protect his private life. “I’m not even thinking of that. I definitely want to stay on the national team until 2006,” said Kahn, the Germany captain. “I’ve got a thick skin. ” The 33-year-old Kahn, selected three times as world goalie of the year, separated from his wife Simone last month after four years marriage and after she gave birth to their son David. While Germans are relatively tolerant of affairs, the newspapers were filled with stories about angry women upset that his wife was pregnant during the liaison with a 21-year-old he met in a disco.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Mar 28, 2003
The 54-year-old took over as Portugal coach in January. Hopes are high in Portugal that Scolari will lead the national squad, which crashed out of last year?s World Cup in the first round after losses to the United States and South Korea, to victory in the Euro 2004 championship the country will host. Since Portugal, as host nation, automatically qualifies for Euro 2004, Scolari has sought to line the squad up in competitive friendlies to prepare for the tournament. But Ronaldo, who currently plays for Spain?s European champions Real Madrid, said the stakes were high for Brazil as well as the team is looking to keep the prestige it won with its World cup win. ?We are going to try to show our five-time world champion status before a team that is not going to make our job easy,? he said. Ronaldo scored both goals for Brazil in the 2-0 win over Germany in the World Cup final last June… Since Portugal, as host nation, automatically qualifies for Euro 2004, Scolari has sought to line the squad up in competitive friendlies to prepare for the tournament. But Ronaldo, who currently plays for Spain?s European champions Real Madrid, said the stakes were high for Brazil as well as the team is looking to keep the prestige it won with its World cup win. ?We are going to try to show our five-time world champion status before a team that is not going to make our job easy,? he said. Ronaldo scored both goals for Brazil in the 2-0 win over Germany in the World Cup final last June.

Vogts offers an early taster
Telegraph.co.uk – Mar 28, 2003
Hutchison could also inflict damage alongside the Dunfermline player with Miller operating in the hole. Hutchison made his comeback after a cruciate ligament injury in the defeat against Ireland and while he looked willing enough, it was evident that his timing was understandably off. The West Ham man has not played a full game for his club since then but Vogts has faith in his physical condition. “He is in better shape now than against Ireland. I put him in the Future Team against Turkey and he played for 90 minutes so I think we will get the best from him if he starts this game,” said Vogts. It is an oddity of the group that if Scotland win today then Iceland will be virtually out of the running even for a play-off place, yet the visitors are higher in the FIFA rankings than the Scots. Atli Edvaldsson, the Icelandic coach, has talked his team down consistently but Vogts summed up the true position when he said: “This is the last chance for Iceland.

The back pages
BBC News – Mar 27, 2003
Both papers opt for a big picture of Rooney under the headline “The New Shearer”. Rooney, 17, became England’s youngest ever player when he made his international debut against Australia last month. He is likely to play a part in Saturday’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Liechtenstein and Dyer pays him what the Mail calls “the ultimate St James’ Park accolade”. “He can go on to become an even greater player than Alan and I can pay him no greater compliment than that,” Dyer says. THE HEADLINES

The Sun: ‘THE NEW SHEARER’

Daily Mail: ‘THE NEW SHEARER’

Daily Telegraph: ‘DYER HAPPY TO BE IN THE RUNNING’

The Guardian: ‘FA SLEAZE BUSTER READY TO RESIGN’

The Times: ‘DYER TOPS ENGLAND POLL AFTER SWING TO LEFT’

The Daily Express: ‘REALITY CHEQUE’

The Independent: ‘CAMPBELL RACES TO PROVE FITNESS’

Daily Star: ‘OSGOOD: I’D LOVE TO SEE JEFFERS GET HURT’

Daily Mirror: ‘OSGOOD ATTACK ON ARSENAL STAR’

“Wayne has already got some of Alan’s game and he is quicker. He’s strong, shoots with his left and right feet and knows just when to turn and lay it off. “He is an exception… He’s strong, shoots with his left and right feet and knows just when to turn and lay it off. “He is an exception. ”

The Times says Dyer – who “does not do understatement” – will play on the left side of midfield for England on Saturday. But central defender Sol Campbell is likely to miss the match to ensure he is fully fit for the more testing assignment against Turkey on Wednesday, according to The Independent. Former Chelsea great Peter Osgood launches a tirade against Arsenal striker Francis Jeffers in the Daily Star and Daily Mirror. Osgood makes it fairly clear he is not a fan of the England player by saying he would love to see “football’s biggest ever cheat.

UEFA EURO 2008™ – News
uefa.comUEFA.com – Mar 28, 2003
The AC Milan striker scored seven of the nine goals the Danes mustered in competitive matches – including three in two UEFA EURO 2004™ Group 2 qualifying fixtures. Share the goalsNevertheless, Denmark coach Morten Olsen is well aware that the burden must be shared if his side are to feature in Portugal next summer – preferably starting against Romania in Bucharest on Saturday. While Tomasson’s eye for goal earned him a lucrative contract at the San Siro, his international strike partner, Ebbe Sand, is still searching for the magic touch which saw him finish as the German Bundesliga’s leading scorer two years ago… The AC Milan striker scored seven of the nine goals the Danes mustered in competitive matches – including three in two UEFA EURO 2004™ Group 2 qualifying fixtures. Share the goalsNevertheless, Denmark coach Morten Olsen is well aware that the burden must be shared if his side are to feature in Portugal next summer – preferably starting against Romania in Bucharest on Saturday. While Tomasson’s eye for goal earned him a lucrative contract at the San Siro, his international strike partner, Ebbe Sand, is still searching for the magic touch which saw him finish as the German Bundesliga’s leading scorer two years ago.

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